Dr. Stephen P. Goff is Higgins Professor of Biochemistry at Columbia University and an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Dr. Goff is a leading expert in the biology of retroviruses including HIV-1, and in his Hilldale Lecture will discuss some of his lab’s breakthrough discoveries pertaining to cellular protein complexes that potently block the replication of retroviruses and other viral pathogens. These include TRIM28 protein complexes that silence gene expression from endogenized retroviruses in embryonic stem cells, thought to provide a crucial checkpoint to prevent the development of cancers and developmental disorders.
2015 saw an international agreement to limit the mean global temperature rise since the Industrial Revolution to 1.5-2 degrees C. I will present technologies developed by our team that can achieve a reversal of climate change. (1) Supertorrefaction uses the heat capacity of molten salts to convert waste biomass into biocarbon. (2) Two-fluid molten-salt breeder-reactors operate on the renewable thorium fuel cycle. With a combination of these technologies It should be possible to limit the rise of atmospheric carbon dioxide to 350 ppm before year 2100. Thus, children yet to be born may inherit the climate that the older members of the audience enjoyed when they were young.
From Vasco da Gama to George W. Bush, what US history textbooks tell -- and what they leave out -- amount to "white history," not just "history." James Loewen will show that an entire era has pretty much been omitted, an era that has left two important legacies to us today, perhaps especially in Wisconsin. He will also suggest what audiences can do about these legacies.